Freezing Zucchini

Nancy Czerwinski By Nancy Czerwinski, 29th Jul 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/1tixwbyv/
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I love zucchini and I wanted to share a few tips on freezing it for cooking and frying. This is a very inexpensive way to enjoy zucchini all year long.

Zucchini, my all time favorite vegetable

During growing season we have an abundant supply of zucchini. By winter the prices in the store are going up and my garden supply has dwindled. I knew there had to be a way to freeze this delicious vegetable. I was determined to save my vegetables for the long, cold winter months. I live in the North and our growing season does not last as long as it does in the Southern states.

For years I researched ways to freeze zucchini. Every site I went to said it couldn't be done. Then one day I discovered a way that I could freeze all the zucchini from my garden. I was gleeful to say the least. To have fresh frozen zucchini in the middle of winter, is a blessing to me.

I'm so excited to be able to share the plan with you. Zucchini is my favorite vegetable. I believe every piece of zucchini should be saved if at all possible. Zucchini has a high water content and it must be frozen as soon after picking as possible.

The Process for freezing zucchini

I pick my zucchini before they get too large. I don't like working with what I call "Big Bertha" I prefer average size zucchini. I wash all my zucchini in the kitchen sink and let them dry for a few minutes. I get my large, easy to use kitchen knife. I start by cutting the zucchini in half. Then I cut each half in half again. I now have 4 pieces of zucchini. My next step is to cut the skin off of each half of the zucchini. This is not hard but it is somewhat time consuming.

This is the most important part of freezing zucchini.

The zucchini is clean and cut in half. The outside skin has been removed. Now, turn the zucchini over till the inside seeds are facing you. Remove all seeds. This is very important. The seeds must be removed because they do not freeze well. After removing the seeds you will have the meat of the vegetable. Take the zucchini with the seeds removed and cut it into pieces. Depending on what you are using it for will decide what size you cut your zucchini. You can dice it if you like. I always slice mine and make zucchini soup with it. I've been freezing zucchini on a daily basis for the past week. I do this every year about this time. I place my sliced zucchini in freezer bags and put each bag into the freezer. Whenever I want to make soup I just pull a freezer bag out and drop the zucchini in my soup. It is so fresh when I freeze it that you'd never know that I didn't just pick it. I make what I call zucchini soup with my frozen zucchini. My family loves it. Only fresh vegetables go into my soup. It's definitely a delicious meal that I would recommend to anyone.

Enjoying your zucchini

Anytime you want zucchini. go to your freezer and pull a bag out. If you are making soup just put the zucchini in your broth. If you want to fry zucchini, put it in a frying pan with olive oil and garlic, in no time at all it will be ready to eat. This method takes time for freezing but it's priceless when all you have to do is go to the freezer and pull a bag out. It's already cleaned, peeled, sliced and ready to cook. This also cuts down on the cost of dinner. In the winter months if you can even find zucchini, you will pay dearly for it at the market. If you grow your own, it's fresher and cheaper for a family on a budget. To be able to serve your family an inexpensive and delicious meal is priceless to me. Enjoy!

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Zucchini, Zucchini Soup

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author avatar Delicia Powers
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Great advice for this summer's bounty...many thanks.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Delicia, I wanted to share my ideas for saving garden vegetables when they are plentiful. Long before the winter freeze.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Waste not, want not, is the mantra here. Though I live in tropical Asia I am fascinated by your tips and perseverance Nancy, thanks - siva

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Siva, do you grow zucchini where you are? It is without a doubt my favorite vegetable of all time. Do you have Kohlrabi too? I'm so used to living where everything freezes in the winter that I don't think much about the tropics. I know they are beautiful.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
31st Jul 2014 (#)

No Nancy, as I live in an apartment space is a constraint.But my wife has green fingers and we grow some vegetables and plenty of flowers - siva

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author avatar Sherri Granato
30th Jul 2014 (#)

It grows like wildfire! Thanks for the tip. I am just now starting to freeze my peppers, but a friend has been giving us zucchini. Good stuff.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
30th Jul 2014 (#)

Sherri, I freeze all my peppers too. We grow all kinds and it's so nice to have when the temperature drops below 0. I love making soups and chili when it's cold outside.

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author avatar Lee Hansen
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Great tips for preservation purposes and to enjoy later

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
31st Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Lee, I hope I was able to give people some ideas for freezing their delicious garden vegetables for when it's cold outside.

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author avatar Retired
1st Aug 2014 (#)

For as much as I love zucchini, my husband doesn't. I have to sneak it disguised into our meals. Thanks for describing different ways to enjoy it. BTW, good to see you here! I'll follow.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks LeRain, I'm so happy to be part of the old group. I will follow you.

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author avatar Margaret Michel
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

We love zucchini and our first harvest was so big we couldn't give it away fast enough. Then I discovered freezing! These days I also bake extra loafs of zucchini bread. It freezes well, and I have easy holiday gifts too!

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author avatar Margaret Michel
3rd Aug 2014 (#)

I didn't know about cutting out the seeds though...makes sense!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
4th Aug 2014 (#)

Renee, I hope you are happy with this method. It's an awesome way to feeze zucchini.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Very informative!

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
7th Aug 2014 (#)

Thanks Phyl, I appreciate you reading my articles.

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author avatar Erly
19th Aug 2014 (#)

Your article is great.This is also my favorite food.It is anti cancer.Very informative,thanks .

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author avatar Retired
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Good advice! And your soup sounds wonderful. As for peeling zucchini ... I just peel mine with a potato peeler. It works well.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Thanks for reading my article Dorothy. I'm glad you liked it.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

Erly, I'm glad you liked my article. I learned something from you. I knew zucchini was good for us and I knew it tasted good but I was really glad to hear it fights the big C.

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author avatar Athlyn
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Hi Nancy, I've grown to love zucchini, too. I like to dip it in batter and fry it, then did in a cream sauce. I freeze my zucchini by grating it with skin and all, then drop this into cakes, soup, loaves, what have you.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
26th Sep 2014 (#)

Athlyn, thanks for reading my article. I like your idea of grating zucchini and putting it into different recipes. I love learning new things. Smiles to you.

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author avatar Sherri Granato
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Zucchini is fast becoming my enemy. So much of it to deal with. Thanks for the ideas.

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author avatar Nancy Czerwinski
1st Oct 2014 (#)

Sherri, thanks for reading my article. I hope the ideas do help. I have a lot of zucchini in my freezer. It's so worth it in the middle of winter.

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